The time required to clear snow and ice from roads varies depending on the following conditions:
- snowstorm intensity
- snowstorm duration
- traffic conditions
- time of day
Because of these variables, the District may not be able to treat or plow roads at the same hour each day or on occasion even the same day of the storm. Normal hours of operation are 3 am to 8 pm. This schedule provides time for crews to treat and plow Priority I and 2 roads in preparation for the morning and evening rush hours. Once major collectors are cleared, crews will start on local roads and District-maintained cul‑de‑sacs.
Our goal is to provide snow removal to facilitate safe traffic flow for those drivers using District roads. (During major storms, every available piece of equipment will be deployed.)
SNOW REMOVAL PRIORITY SYSTEM
Due to specialized equipment, logistics, timing, available funding and manpower to provide efficient and effective snow removal for District‑maintained roads, we assign a snow removal priority to each road.
- PRIORITY I – COLLECTOR ROADS: Collectors are roads which provide for high traffic volumes over medium to long distances. Collectors are used for intra-District travel needs. Designed speed limit is as posted (25 to 35 miles per hour).
- PRIORITY 2 – LOCAL I ROADS/CUL-DE-SACS: Local I roads provide for medium volume traffic within the District and provide direct access to residences. Designed speed limit is 20 miles per hour.
- PRIORITY 3 – LOCAL II ROADS AND CUL-DE-SACS: Local II roads provide for low volume traffic within the District and provide direct access to residences. Designed speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
PRIVATE ROADS, COMMON DRIVEWAYS OR SUB-ASSOCIATION ROADS ARE NOT MAINTAINED BY THE DISTRICT FOR SNOW REMOVAL
- Plowing begins when there is 3″ snowfall accumulation, or as conditions warrant.
- Subdivision roads will not be plowed if parked vehicles or other obstructions interfere with the safe and continuous operation of snow removal equipment. Equipment will return to plow after parked vehicles or obstructions are removed.
- School bus routes are assigned Priority 1 and are given special attention.
- Operators will return to widen roads as conditions warrant. During a major storm, cleanup operations may be on-going for three to four days after the storm.
- Mailboxes installed along roadways are at the risk of the owner. Mailboxes damaged from lack of owner maintenance, snow load from plowing, or vandalism are not the responsibility of the District. Postal regulations require residents to clear snow in front of mailboxes to allow mail delivery.
- During winter, the freeze/thaw effects on pavement can rapidly form potholes. Crews will be dispatched as quickly as possible to repair potholes. Temporary materials must be used during the winter and may not endure. Please report potholes by calling 303.688.8330, weekdays 8 am to 4:30 pm.
- When approaching snow removal equipment from the rear, travel a minimum of 200 feet behind allowing for sanding and abrupt movements.
- Use extreme caution when passing snow removal equipment, before you pass please honk your horn and/or flash your headlights to alert the operator you intend to pass.
- Do not park along snow routes. Leave room for plows to get through as safely as possible. Park off the road.